POLICE MEMORIAL WEEK EVENTS
- Open Houses at Each District
- Ceremonies and Parade Begin 11:00 a.m. Friday May 17 at Fountain Square
Members of law enforcement have come together with the citizens they serve for more than fifty years to recognize the dedication of peace officers and to honor those killed in the line of duty. President John Kennedy signed the proclamation declaring May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962, and the week has come to be known as National Police Week. Ceremonies and events bring the community together to honor those who serve and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Open houses at each of the Cincinnati Police Districts allow citizens to meet the officers who work in their neighborhoods and to learn about some of the specialized units such as canine and mounted patrol teams, Segway and bike patrol, the Special Weapons and Tactics team, and the Hamilton County Underwater Search and Recovery team. The schedule for open houses at the Districts is as follows:
- Monday May 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. District 5
- Tuesday May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. District 4
- Wednesday May 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. District 3
- Thursday May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. District 2
- Friday May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. District 1 and CBS
The many departments and agencies that make up Hamilton County’s Law Enforcement Community will hold their traditional observance Friday May 17. Ceremonies at Fountain Square begin at 11:00 a.m. with the assembled Honor Guards’ call to order. Our national anthem, a chaplain’s invocation and speakers’ remarks all touch the themes of patriotism, service and dedication to duty.
At the conclusion of the Fountain Square program, the parade will form with members of all area law enforcement agencies, their families, friends and supporters marching north on Vine Street to Central Parkway and west on Central Parkway to Ezzard Charles Drive and the Police Memorial.
During the program at the Police Memorial, Police Chief James E. Craig will present the Cincinnati Police Medal of Valor to Officer Benjamin Schneider and to Officer Orlando Smith.
The changing of the guard will open the program at the Police Memorial. Elements of the ceremonies symbolize loss and honor the memory of fallen officers: presentation of floral tributes; the bugler sounding Taps; a riderless horse; a flyover in the “missing man” formation; and a 21-gun salute. A Police Chaplain’s benediction will close the formal ceremonies.
Also a traditional part of Police Memorial Week are the Hamilton County Law Enforcement Community’s Police Appreciation and Achievement Awards. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in several categories of law enforcement endeavors, and they were presented at the 46th annual awards banquet Friday May 3. Honorees this year are:
- ACT OF BRAVERY: Officer Benjamin Schneider (Cincinnati Police Department)
- CONTRIBUTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT: Officer Paul Glindmeyer (Cincinnati Police Department)
- POLICE WORK WITH CHILDREN: Sergeant William Bell (Cincinnati Police Department)
- OUTSTANDING JOB OF TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT/EDUCATION: Specialist Stephen Lawson (Cincinnati Police Department)
- BEST OVERALL INVESTIGATIVE JOB LEADING TO THE SOLUTION OF CRIME: Lieutenant Joe Macaluso & Detective Adam Cox (Delhi Police Department); Cincinnati Police Investigative Support Squad; and Seth Tieger (Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office)
- SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN POLICE LEADERSHIP: Sergeant John Ryan Hudson (Cincinnati Police Department)
- EXCELLENCE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATION: Specialist Charles Vanover, Officer Kenneth Baker; and Specialist Scott McManis & Canine Diesel (Cincinnati Police Department)
- EXCELLENCE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATION: Officer Jeff Maurits and Detective Norb Koopman (Harrison Police Department)
- CIVILIAN AWARD: Ms. Sharon Koehler